Gouldsboro Police Log Week of April 12

GOULDSBORO — Animal issues took up much of police officers’ time in early April.

Seven residents were charged with keeping unlicensed dogs, and two people were charged with allowing their dogs to roam at large.

David Jordan, 52, Jeffrey Lynn, 35, Andrea Lagasse, 37, Kayla Geel, 29, and Ida Young, 57, all were charged on April 3 with keeping an unlicensed dog. All are residents of Gouldsboro. The charges followed reports to police about the animals.

Susan Ruffner, 49, and Sherman F. Merchant, 55, both residents of Gouldsboro, were charged with the same offense on April 4.

Two days later, police received a report of a dog roaming on Cranberry Point Road. The officer met with the person who called in the complaint, and was able to take the dog into control. The owner, William Mathewson, 31, of Gouldsboro, was summoned on a charge of allowing his dog to roam at large.

The same day, an officer received a report that the previous night a poodle had been found lying in the middle of a road in Grand Marsh Bay.

A passer-by took the animal home. On April 6, the officer found the dog and brought it to the Ellsworth Small Animal Clinic. The owners were later located and the dog was released to them.

Stephen Hunt, 60, of Gouldsboro was ultimately charged with allowing a dog to roam at large.

On April 4, police warned a resident for keeping an unlicensed dog. The same day, police unsuccessfully attempted to serve papers to a resident on Pond Road regarding animal control.

On April 3, police visited two properties in reference to animal complaints, only to find that the homeowners had moved away from Gouldsboro.

Traffic violations

Natasha Newenham, 25, of Steuben was ticketed April 7 for speeding 20 to 24 miles per hour over the limit on Route 1.

A light in the woods

On April 4, a resident on Pond Road reported that at certain times in the night a blinking red light would appear in the woods. Police took note of that person’s observation.

Too many fast cars

On April 5, a resident complained to police that cars frequently were seen speeding on Summer Harbor Road. Police informed the person that enforcement would increase in that area.

Party patrol

An officer conducted security detail at a party held at Gouldsboro Recreation Center on April 6.

Well-being check

On April 2, an officer checked on a Gouldsboro resident after that person’s co-workers contacted police. They told the officer they hadn’t heard from the resident in a few days. Police established contact with the resident and no further action was taken.

Maintaining a presence

On April 2, police stood by to “keep the peace” while a resident collected belongings from a home on Pond Road.

Civil services

An officer delivered selectmen’s packets on April 4.

An officer assisted County Ambulance on a medical call on West Bay Road on April 3.

An officer processed a concealed weapons permit on April 2.

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson began working for The Ellsworth American in mid-2017, and covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties. He grew up in the Mid-coast region before living in New York City for five years, where he freelanced in documentary filmmaking and journalism. He is particularly interested in criminal justice, environment and immigration reporting.

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